Home Finishing... not your typical basement remodel #1: Medieval Shop Entry and Home Bar

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Blog entry by Brian Strothcamp posted 01-11-2011 06:58 AM 2927 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first blog… so I reserve the right to screw it up :)

This is the start of a huge project, basically finishing the lower level of our atrium home. I have a lot under way but will catch you up over the next few days so subscribe now!

First lets take a look at the entrance to my woodshop. These doors are 2×4 framed with reclaimed barn siding. I made the cultured stone myself and plan on ordering a nice set of authentic iron forged hardware for them. Will be complete with rivets, hoop knocker, deadbolt and bars on the windows. This will be the most expensive part but I only have $50 in it so far. Keep in mind its far from done.

This is the best shot I have of the actual bar so far… it tends to fill with tools pretty quick. This is where I need a lot of help. I know I didnt mill the arm rail like a typical bar rail but I did this before I got into woodworking haha. I wanted something nice but cheaper than granite. But granite was my number one choice. I will end up investing just as much when I am done grrrr hindsight.

The woodwork is all oak and now stained mocha. I wanted an earthy brown. To contrast, I would like to use a quilted maple veneer for the bar top but cant find it in 18” wide a 96” long (i want to get the center all in one piece, splice the wings). Finish would be liquid glass. I am open to ideas here so please help! Bottom will be all raised panel.

Another thought was to incorporate a pin stripe or medallion so i could bookmatch smaller veneer. I want this to look like a solid top. No grains running at 45 degrees either. Considering birdseye maple too but would want AAAA yeah right :) No hardwood flooring, no tile.

The last part here is the backbar (fits in that arched cieling behind the bar). I now have it in place and planned to etch mirror for the back and have one horizontal glass shelf in the bottom portion only. I experimented with sandblasting with ok results but think i need to use a finer grit. Considered etching cream but it only works on large areas if you have an industrial setup with gallons of the cream. Considered just blasting the back of plate glass and keep the smooth side out. Too late to backlight but will have small accent lights recessed in each cubby.

I will post more later and target specific questions… rail and stile construction.

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 07:56 AM

I absolutely LOVE those doors! You need a suit of armor on either side to act as a sentry.

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 02:56 PM

I agree. I love the doors.

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 04:58 PM

Hey Brian – looks great. Here’s an option for your etched glass: use a sandwich of glass and acrylic, with the glass on the good side. Take a ROS to the acrylic, trying varying grits to find one that looks right. I have a client who did this around their main reception area and it looks just like etched glass.

Also, I think a bookmatched veneer on the long part of the bar would look great if you can’t find a sheet wide enough to do it in one shot.


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